Through July 24, the Long Beach Playhouse, 5021 E. Anaheim St., is hosting the works of artist Elizabeth Washburn, who has spent her adult life pursuing art, earning her BFA in 1995 from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.
Color and Whimsy consists of two different series of paintings that the artist has been creating for the past four years. In both groups, she explores the effects of light and color literally reflecting off forms as well as figuratively functioning to evoke mood and thought.
Upon graduation from art school in San Francisco, Washburn lived in Italy briefly, moved back to San Francisco to paint murals and then moved on to New York where she spent a year before being offered a large art commission in Cairo, Egypt. There, she spent 18 months creating murals, paintings and traveling in Northern Africa. In 2000, she came to Southern California, where she has flourished as a regional artist.
Washburn also works as a community artist creating art with teenagers and patients at the Balboa Naval Hospital who have been injured in Iraq and Afghanistan. Currently, she is enrolled in the MFA program at the Laguna College of Art and Design, where she will receive her MFA in 2012.